I met some of the nicest trees today. I’ve never seen anything like them. I just stopped the park ranger and asked what kind of trees & I was told pine trees.

That doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve seen pine cones before, big huge decorative ones the size of my head. The pine cones on the ground here are itty bitty, the size of big strawberries. Obviously there are varieties of pine, and that just goes to show how much I know about pine, but these suckers are three trees tall and the trunks aren’t more than a foot or two in diameter.

I have a million more questions for the park ranger now. And I’m super hurting for how many pine trees have to be cut down to make “plain ol’ pine planks,” if this is how old and high these trees grow to still be this thin yet majestic. It’s stunningly beautiful here.

More soon, much Love,

-Effie

*Update: the Internet says it’s Short-Leaf Pine

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